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These trucks are now classics, and newly restored ones can fetch six figures. Clapton had his modified, reportedly, though the specifics are unknown.
Either way, this is the perfect example of the kind of car that Clapton sang he “got off to” in his song “I’ve Got a Rock ‘n Roll Heart.”
The first in a series of Ferraris to use a mid-mounted, flat-12 engine.
The Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer (BB) was a classic car produced in Italy between 1973 and 1984. It replaced the front-engined Daytona and was the first in a series of Ferraris to use a mid-mounted, flat-12 engine.
Besides the 911 Turbo that Clapton owns, he also owns a Cayenne Turbo, which is the only luxury crossover SUV in his garage.
It’s been in production since 2002 and is the first V8-engined vehicle built by Porsche since 1995 when the 928 was discontinued.
It’s also Porsche’s first off-road variant vehicle since its Super and Junior tractors of the 1950s, and the first Porsche with four doors.
Eric Clapton has been seen driving around in a red Ferrari 275 GTB, too. This car was a two-seater GT vehicle produced between 1964 and 1968.
It was more of a pure sports car than the GT name suggested. In a contemporary road test, Road & Track described the 275 as “the most satisfying sports car in the world,” and Motor Trend Classic has named the 275 GTB #3 on their list of the “10 Greatest Ferraris of All Time.”
The Ferrari 599 GTB is one of Clapton’s most coveted cars (though he’s said he likes the 612 Scaglietti better, an opinion most Ferrari enthusiasts would disagree with).
This grand tourer was produced between 2006 and 2012 as Ferrari's two-seater flagship, replacing the 575M Maranello.
It was styled by Pininfarina under the direction of Ferrari’s Ken Okuyama.
Ferrari partnered with Alcoa to produce an entirely new all-aluminum space-frame chassis that was 40% stiffer than its predecessor, 28% lighter, and with a 10% increase in overall dimensions.
The car’s acceleration from 0-62 mph was improved to 4.5 seconds (from 4.7), and was “ludicrously quick and sounded more like Schumacher’s weekend wheels than a street car,” according to Car and Driver.
The car’s engine was the first Ferrari V12 to feature Magneti Marelli’s semi-automatic “F1” gearbox.
The 575M was a two-seater grand tourer that was produced between 2002 and 2006. It was an updated 550 Maranello, essentially, but with minor styling changes from Pininfarina.
It was eventually replaced by the 599 GTB in 2006.
The Ferrari Daytona is another classic that Eric Clapton owned. It was a grand tourer produced between 1968 and 1973, to replace the 275 GTB/4.
It featured the 275’s Colombo V12 engine bored out to 4,390 ccs.
Less than 1,500 of these cars were manufactured, making it somewhat rare, though the Pininfarina body styling was a bit less aggressive and impressive than other models.
The car became famous through multiple media outlets when it was featured on The Carpenter’s 1973 album cover, and then prominently featured in the 1980s on NBC’s first two seasons of the hit television show Miami Vice.
The coolest car in Eric Clapton’s collection, arguably, is the one that was built specifically for him.
The SPC12 EC (Special Project Car, number 12, Eric Clapton) is not only a one-off but also a $4.7 million custom model and his most expensive car.
It was a joint venture between the guitarist and the Ferrari Centro Stile and the Pininfarina design team.